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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:01 PM
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A holiday hanging tradition
The largest mass hanging in US history was on the day after Christmas in 1862. 38 Dakota were hung in the town square of Mankato Minnesota.

"In Mankato, at ten o'clock on December 26, thirty-eight (one person was reprieved between the date of Lincoln's order and the execution) prisoners wearing white muslin coverings and singing Dakota death songs were led to gallows in a circular scaffold and took the places assigned to them on the platform. Ropes were placed around each of the thirty-eight necks. At the signal of three drumbeats, a single blow from an ax cut the rope that held the platform and the prisoners (except for one whose rope had broke, and who consequently had to be restrung) fell to their deaths. A loud cheer went up from the thousands of spectators gathered to witness the event. The bodies were buried in a mass grave on the edge of town. Soon area doctors, including one named Mayo, arrived to collect cadavers for their medical research."

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/dakota...
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:03 PM
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1. haven't change much - lynchings show how we have progressed as humanity
under republicks - they love killing
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:07 PM
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2. lovely christmas tale. and if you wanted to know the gorey details
i believe it was cnn who was running a little interview with a doctor today, explaining -- with a science skeleton showing veins & muscles--all the physical reactions that are involved.

myth: eyes don't bleed because the blood supply gets cut off

body isn't in pain because brain goes "haywire" (a medical term i believe)

person declared dead in about three minutes when oxygen is gone from brain

heart can beat for up to ten minutes after the person is declared dead


(it's the little things that mean so much. :puke: )
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